Another day another loss for the Yankees, who are now 5-9 and have the worst record in the American League. This time it was because they ran up against Tampa ace and one of the best young pitchers in the American League in Tyler Glasnow. But he was gone after 5 innings and they still couldn’t win.
Tyler Glasnow came into the game with a 1-0 record and 0.46 ERA. He had pitched 19.2 innings and allowed only 7 hits and 1 run. He was 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA in 2019, and 5-1 4.08 last year. In this game he struggled early. The Yanks loaded the bases after 2 were out in the 1st — an Aaron Hicks single and Gleyber Torres walk sandwiching Giancarlo Stanton reaching on an error. But Brett Gardner grounded out and the Yanks squandered their opportunity to get to Glasnow early.
In the 2nd, Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela both walked as the first two batters of the inning. DJ LeMahieu plated Sanchez with a 1-out single. But Aaron Judge struck out and Aaron Hicks lined out and the Yanks only got the 1 run, tying the game at the time.
Glasnow then settled down to motor through the 3rd and 4th. He had trouble with a blister on his finger in the 5th but managed to get thru the inning, leaving with a 3-1 lead.
2. Montgomery Pitched Well
Good news for the Yanks was that Jordan Montgomery pitched well, except for 2 mistakes. One was a solo homer to catcher Francisco Mejia in the 2nd that just made it over the fence into the short porch in right; one was a 2-run homer to left fielder Manuel Margot in the 4th — giving Tampa a 3-1 lead.
Another 👁️ at Mejía's first HR as a Ray pic.twitter.com/mfv4KAyodR
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) April 17, 2021
Those were the only 2 hits Monty allowed. He pitched into the 7th inning — walking the first batter Mike Brosseau and was gone. Jonathan Loaisiga came in and allowed a 2-run homer to 3rd baseman Joey Wendle and it was Tampa 5 NY 1.
Montgomery finished with 6 innings, 2 hits, 4 runs allowed, and the loss. He deserved better.
3. Yankee Offense Couldn’t Muster Enough Runs
Rougned Odor hit a home in the 7th to make it 5-2 Tampa, and Aaron Judge doubled in DJ LeMahieu later in the inning to make it 5-3 with 1 out, Judge on 2nd, tying run at the plate. But Aaron Hicks struck out and Giancarlo Stanton struck out.
Toronto added an insurance run in the 9th on a double by Mejia off Justin Wilson and that was ballgame.